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March Construction Starts Stay Even With Prior Month

By Mark S. Kuhar

New construction starts in March came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $404.9 billion, essentially the same pace as February, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. While total construction was unchanged from the prior month, this steady pattern came as the result of divergent behavior by construction’s three main sectors.

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Give Me Liberty

Granite Construction’s Liberty Quarry project near Temecula, Calif., was given the green light by Riverside County officials. After a review of the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Riverside County’s planning commission staff recommended approval, touting the expected local and regional benefits.

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Distracted Driving as an Occupational Hazard

Stricter Enforcement Coming up the Road.
By Adele Abrams

Most people are, by now, aware that the new technology that allows us to be “connected” wherever we are has perils when it is used behind the wheel. Cell phone conversations, as well as texting or reviewing emails, while driving have caused many fatalities and deaths and are now subject to legal constraints in many states that require “hands-free” calls and impose zero tolerance for text/emailing by drivers. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of occupational death in the United States. Moreover, occupational drivers are over-represented in crashes when compared with non-occupational drivers.

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A Quarry with a Solar System

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based BoDean Co.’s Mark West Quarry will make history on May 11 when they “flip the switch” and become the first quarry in the world to be 100 percent reliant on solar power.

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